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Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours)

Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) (BURP)

Entry requirements
ATAR 63.00
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
Campus
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 4 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start
  • Jan, May

Overview

  • Have you ever stopped to think how new suburbs are planned, where the next railway station will pop up or how to balance urban growth and the environment or agriculture or mining? In all these processes, an Urban and Regional Planner has been involved. You can explore town planning with UniSQ’s Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours).
  • As the only university in Queensland that offers a fully online planning qualification, your studies will cover both the Queensland and New South Wales planning legislation and equip you to be an Urban and Regional Planner and designer of the future for cities, regional and rural areas. 
  • Develop skills in community consultation, using land and human resources sustainably, planning legislation and processes, economics, transport planning, urban design, plan making, and project management.
  • Study online or on-campus and gain practical experience through a number of residential schools at UniSQ Toowoomba.
  • Chose a research project in your fourth year to investigate a specific urban and regional planning area, which also can provide a pathway for further study and research.
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Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia and graduates may seek Planner registration with the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Career outcomes

  • Graduates will have the skills to work as an Urban and Regional Planner specialising in residential, commercial and retail developments, urban renewal and greenfields projects, transport planning, social planning, regional and rural planning or environmental planning.
  • You will be able to critically analyse, consolidate, and evaluate information to generate innovative and sustainable solutions to solve complex urban and regional planning problems.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

Recent secondary education

Adjusted Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Unadjusted Entry score not including adjustment factors.
ATAR The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a percentile rank used to assess the results of high-school applicants for undergraduate entry into university. 63.00 62.25

Pre-requisites

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent
To study this degree we also assume you have sound knowledge in:
  • General Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

Further admission information

Adjustments are additional points given in certain circumstances that may increase your Rank. Find out if you qualify for any adjustment factor pathways such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

UniSQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average Ranks for this degrees' student cohort from the previous year.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 32 units.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 25
Approved elective courses 7
Total 32

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for an example of courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Residential schools

This degree has a mandatory attendance requirement for some of the residential school courses. All students will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials to gain practical experience, use facilities and specialist equipment, and meet staff and other students.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 10790
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 31040

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with UniSQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to UniSQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
External 907245
Toowoomba 907241

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check our application closing dates.

Apply directly to UniSQ

You may be able to apply directly to UniSQ if you:

  • are a current or previous UniSQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.

Intakes

You can select to start your study in Trimester 1 or 2.

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2024  Monday 22 January Monday 15 January Monday 22 January Friday 26 April 
Trimester 2, 2024 Monday 13 May Monday 6 May Monday 13 May  Friday 16 August

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at UniSQ that is relevant to you.

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What is a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning degree?

A Bachelor of Urban Planning explores a variety of Urban and Regional Planning study disciplines, including soil and land studies, anthropology, community consultation, the extraction, interpretation and evaluation of data from aerial photographs, geographic information systems and survey plans.

When you study a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning at UniSQ you’ll also gain transferrable skills in problem solving, analytics, decision making, communication, economics, and leadership. 

How long does a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) take to complete?

The duration of a Bachelor of Urban Planning degree with vary depending on the learning institute you choose to study with.

At UniSQ the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) will take you approximately four years to complete. Some students choose to study part time which increases the time it takes to finish the required courses. 

What are the pathways to entry?

We understand that everyone’s education journey is different. That’s why we offer several pathway options that can support you with your study and career goals in Surveying and Built Environment. If you don’t meet the entry requirements, we have a pathway for you:

What are the career opportunities for graduates?

Bachelor of Urban Planning graduate can find work in a variety of settings, ranging from state and local government to property developers, not-for-profit organisations, banks and agencies.

As an internationally recognised career, there’s job opportunity both within Australia and globally.

Why study the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) at UniSQ?
  • We are the only university in Queensland offering online planning and surveying qualifications.
  • All UniSQ Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning students gain hands-on experience with industry-standard software and hardware in spatial science through a number of residential school courses held on-campus.
  • Study your way – choose where, when and even how you study with our flexible study options.